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Best Laid Plans

My last blog post in April announced our highly anticipated trip to the Riviera Maya. While I had planned on blogging while there to detail our trip (and I even wrote the first draft of a post from Mexico), things didn’t quite go as expected.

Unfortunately, the hubby and I got deathly ill shortly after we arrived. Okay, maybe not deathly ill, but it sure seemed like it.

Day Trippin' for the Perfect Summer Treat (and How You Can Have an Awesome Day Trip, Too)

Although I like to be organized and plan ahead for major things like our trip to England, I’m all about spur-of-the-moment day trips.

Living in Asheville, North Carolina offers some major perks as far as having plenty of do within a couple hours’ drive. Whenever we get a hankerin’ for a change of scenery, Ty and I will usually head toward Cherokee or Pigeon Forge. Those tend to be our go-to day trips during the fall and spring months when touristy spots are less crowded. Otherwise, we prefer to lay low in the summertime because, you know . . . people.

Review of Barry House Bed & Breakfast (or “A Plus Size Traveler's Experience with Historic London's Notoriously Small Toilets")

When planning a trip to London for three people (my brother, my husband Ty, and me), it was important to find a budget-friendly accommodation with a great location. A family room that could accommodate three adults and a full English breakfast were also at the top of my must-have list. This meant scouring the internet for weeks researching budget B&Bs and comparing reviews to see which one would be the best value.

The first thing I discovered was that there are a lot of budget B&Bs near King's Cross Station, and although that seemed like a convenient location, it wasn’t convenient for hauling our luggage from Heathrow on the Tube, especially considering this was going to be our first experience on a metro system of any kind. Don’t get me wrong, the Tube is the cheapest way to travel, but if you haven’t traveled much and it’s your first time in London, a more direct connection to your hotel is in order.

Bath, Stonehenge, and a Secret Place - Part 3

It was hard to leave Bath and its stunning Georgian architecture behind, but our tour group had places to go and big rocks to see. Yep, that’s right, our final stop was Stonehenge!  

Lucky for us, the rain that had dampened our entry into Bath had let up completely by the time we found ourselves in Wiltshire.

The sun was shining and the day had warmed up beautifully, but let me just stop you right there – this is Stonehenge we’re talking about, a very exposed Neolithic structure. Prior to our tour, The English Bus had sent out an email with specifics about our trip, and it emphasized just how exposed the monument is and how unpredictable the weather can be, so we were to come prepared. Although the day was gorgeous, I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the sheer amount of wind at Stonehenge!

Bath, Stonehenge, and a Secret Place - Part 2

We pulled up to The Royal Crescent in Bath just as the wind and rain began to pick up. This impressive crescent of terraced houses was built in the late 1700s and is still considered one of the most exclusive residential areas in England. Our tour guide Chris would later tell us the story of resident Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley who upset the neighbors by painting her door yellow. The case went to the highest courts until it was finally determined that she did, in fact, have the freedom to paint her own door however she saw fit.

That was back in the 1970s, and her door remains yellow to this day.